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My guru always said Lyr Req: Pre-1840 source requested (12) Lyr Req: Pre-1850 source requested 26 Oct 18

Hi Catters All, I've had the following enquiry sent to me from a friend. I know nothing else about it - can anyone help? (sorry 1850 not 1840) Old English perhaps?
Came across this in a book by William S Wickenden (of Etloe) published in 1850. A few of the lines appear in 'On top of Old Smokey' so it seems to be connected with a traditional song / nursery rhyme going back some way. Wondered if you might be able to find a pre-1850 source? Here's the lines:

“Come all you voir moidens wherever e be
Never vix your avections on a green willy tree,
Vor the leaves thoy will wither and the roots will decoy,
And the beawty of a voir moid will zoon vade awoy"


Hmmm, I'll do a query on the Cat! x


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